So both Chelsea and Shanghai SIPG have confirmed Oscar’s sale, in a very lucrative deal, but let’s talk about the sale; what does it mean for Chelsea? Have we made the right choice to sell the valuable playmaker?
Oscar is no doubt a very talented player. He came to Chelsea in 2012, in a deal worth £25 million, and didn’t take too long to enter the starting 11. He did go on to impress and dazzle in his first few appearances, striking up a remarkable partnership with Hazard and Juan Mata— recall the famous Mazacar? It was the most deadly partnership in the league at the time, and they terrorised defences. It was short-lived though, as upon Mourinho’s arrival, Mata was sold off. But that didn’t stop Oscar from impressing, as he kept his place in Mou’s team— the only problem was, he wasn’t consistent enough.
Originally meant to take the No. 10 role in place of the sold Mata, Oscar couldn’t keep up with the task — persistent injuries and other unclear issues hampered his development.
Oscar always started a season in great form, and scoring goals, but as time went by, he seemed to run out of steam. That is the biggest problem the Brazilian had at Chelsea. And as a player, who wants to play at a top team, that is not something you want happening. If Oscar had the consistency of Hazard and Costa, he’d be completely indispensable. I think that is the exact reason Chelsea opted to let him go. Take a look at his record this season; he started games ahead of Pedro, Moses and Fabregas, but somehow, he got relegated to the bench, even though we’re not mid way into the season yet.
A team like Chelsea needs top players who can keep going from the start of a season to the end. Yes, I understand that people lose form, but it calls for serious concern if it happens too often, and it takes very long to recover from it. So, I think that Chelsea’s decision to sell Oscar was the right one. With all his talents, he lacks the required level of consistency to survive at a club like Chelsea, and I honestly think the management of the club was very fair to him over the years. He was given a fair period of time to mature, and grow into the player he promises to be, so you can understand the decision to eventually let him go. The figure quoted in his sale is also something you can’t consider. £60 million for a player that was only acquired for less than half the sum is definitely more than okay. We have good players in our team that can fill the void he has left — assuming he left any. There couldn’t have been a better time to sell the player than now, so it was a good bit of business for us. Even then player too will benefit from the move, as he’ll be pocketing about £20 million annually. He also will be linking up with former manager, Anders Villas Boas, who presently coaches Shanghai SIPG. There, he’ll have the opportunity to work with the man who bought him to Chelsea, and who knows, maybe, he’ll help him fulfill his potential?
As a Chelsea fan, and one who loves talent, I wish him all the best, and I will never forget that wonder of a goal against Juventus on that memorable champions League night.